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Definition of enjoyment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the pleasure that you get from something He spoiled my enjoyment of the game by talking all through it. The rules are there to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. Children seem to have lost their enjoyment of reading. I get a lot of enjoyment from my grandchildren. Do you get any enjoyment out of this type of work? Thesaurusfunpleasure a good time enjoyment a great timeThese are all words for the feeling of enjoying yourself, or activities or time that you (somewhat informal) the feeling of enjoying yourself; activities that you enjoy:We had a lot of fun at Sarah's party. Sailing is great fun.pleasure (somewhat formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself or being satisfied:Reading for pleasure and reading for work are not the same.a good time (somewhat informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself:We had a good time in Spain.enjoyment (somewhat formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself:I get a lot of enjoyment from music.pleasure or enjoyment?Enjoyment usually comes from an activity that you do;pleasure can come from something that you do or something that happens:He beamed with pleasure at seeing her. He beamed with enjoyment at seeing her.a great time (somewhat informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself very much:We had a really great time together.Patterns to do something for fun/pleasure/your own enjoyment great fun/pleasure/enjoyment to have fun/a good time/a great time to get pleasure/enjoyment >from>something to spoil the fun/somebody's pleasure/somebody's enjoyment
  2. 2[countable] (formal) something that gives you pleasure He was a stranger to the pleasures and enjoyments that most of us take for granted.
  3. 3[uncountable] enjoyment of something (formal) the fact of having and using something the enjoyment of equal rights
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